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The Scholars of Night

3.91  ·  Rating Details  ·  33 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Hardcover, 313 pages
Published February 28th 1988 by Tor Books (first published February 1988)
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Rachel Brown
Mar 16, 2013 Rachel Brown rated it liked it
Shelves: mainstream, thriller
A clever (perhaps too clever for its own good), twisty (ditto) post-Cold War thriller by the late, great John Ford. I think this is his only non-sff novel, though it is arguably alternate history and possibly sf of the techno-thriller variety.

It juggles a lot of complex puzzle pieces, action set-pieces, and short, sharp character sketches into a whirlwind of a story concerning double agents, a newly discovered play which may be by Christopher Marlowe or may be a clever hoax, secret codes, war ga
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Nigel
Dec 15, 2014 Nigel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Still unwell. Ugh. John M Ford, man-about-literature, wrote a spy novel, and it is a clever, elliptical tale of game-playing and historical secrets and a plot that, quite properly, reveals a contempt and hate and fear of the world that gives us spy novels. Ford can be downright obscure in his writing, but I thought it all worked to his advantage here in the murky world of secrets and betrayals and double meanings and triple agents. I do now wish he'd written a novel about Christopher Marlowe. Th ...more
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Sep 11, 2013 Leelan rated it it was amazing
Great spy novel for English literature majors! So much Elizabethan history and writers covered that it is almost like being back in literature class again. I loved it!
Steven Bass
Apr 10, 2010 Steven Bass rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010
Fun. Somewhat dated in ways
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John Milo "Mike" Ford was a science fiction and fantasy writer, game designer and poet.

Ford was regarded (and obituaries, tributes and memories describe him) as an extraordinarily intelligent, erudite and witty man. He was a popular contributor to several online discussions. He composed poems, often improvised, in both complicated forms and blank verse, notably Shakespearean pastiche; he also wrot
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